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The Real Reason Honey Never Goes Bad
By Ashley Reut
There's no shortage of ways to use more honey in the kitchen, from salad dressings and cookies to honey-poached fruits and even roast duck — just let your cravings be your guide. Now that you’re inspired, you may be wondering how long honey can last.
Interestingly, honey has a very long shelf life. It readily absorbs moisture from the environment, but since bacteria and other microorganisms that cause mold cannot survive without water, bacteria cannot thrive in properly-sealed honey.
One thing that helps extend honey’s shelf life is that bees have a special enzyme in their stomachs that produces a tiny amount of hydrogen peroxide which keeps bacteria at bay. Honey can be stored in the pantry and does not require refrigeration to stay fresh.